If Messi wants a coke, Messi will have a coke.
Here's the story, as told by Backe:
"It was three hours before the match, all the players were sitting and eating, when Messi said he wants a coke.
"'No, no, we don't drink a cola three hours before the match,' Guardiola replied.
"So Messi got up from his chair and returned a few minutes later with a can of cola, which he then opened and drank right in front of Guardiola and the rest of the team.
"Imagine what would have happened when a player with the profile of Messi goes against the coach in this way. It is a war that Guardiola can not win. It is impossible," Backe said.
Funnily enough, Messi has a sponsorship deal with Pepsi - so we're assuming it was Pepsi and not Coca-Cola that the Argentine star was drinking.
Either way, it is a fascinating insight into Messi's personality and a reflection of player power in football.
The Swede is standing by his claims, adding: "Sensational? I have a bunch of lawyers behind me," but he refused to delve into the source of his information on air.
What do you make of Backe's claims?
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